Choosing an overseas education is challenging in many ways. Firstly, you’re away from your closest support system and secondly, you’re in a country which even though you’ve seen on TV thousands of times, it’s still unfamiliar to you. Naturally, you’ve probably heard some claims of being an international student and are wondering if they’re true. Well, we’re about to demystify them for you.
Myth #1: You can’t work while studying
The truth is, you can work while studying. Of course, since you’re on a student visa there are specific requirements regarding the number of hours you can work within a week. However, you are able to work while studying. There are many part-time jobs available within America and you can even find jobs right on campus as well.
Myth #2: If you get expelled, you’re done
Sometimes university doesn’t always go as planned and this can result in probation, suspension or dismissal. In this case, many international students assume that they have no option but to return back to their home country. However, that’s not true, if fact, this doesn’t mean your education in America is completely over. There are emergency transfer options which assist in transferring you to another college or university within one to three weeks.
Myth #3: International students lack support
Some international students fear that they will be provided support once they begin their classes in the USA. They’re worried that not only will they struggle with adjusting to a new country, but their English will not be of standard and will ultimately affect their progress. U.S. universities/colleges are properly staffed with educational advisors and international program officers who are trained in supporting international students and assisting them throughout their educational experience.
Myth #4: U.S. colleges are unsafe for international students
This isn’t to say that nothing happens on college campuses because that’s not true. Of course, there are unfortunate events which occur on campuses, however, in general, campuses across America are well organized and protected. Many campuses have shuttles to transport students from one side of the campus to another and also have police presence. In some states, there are even transportation services provided to students living off campus, so that they’re safely taken home every night. In addition, campuses are essentially small towns, thus, it’s a community where people look out for each other.
Myth #5: They lack activities for international students
There’s this myth that international students are completely left out of the campus life, thus, they’re pushed to the side and ignored by the general university/college population. However, US colleges and universities have a wide range of after-school programs, clubs, and organizations which all students can take part in, regardless of their status. In addition, they also have volunteer programs which allow students to interact with the greater community as well. All you need to do is find one that you want to join.
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